South Street Temple (Congregation B'nai Jeshurun)

Over 100 Years of Progressive Judaism in Lincoln

The South Street Temple (formally called Congregation B'nai Jeshurun) was founded in the late 19th century. After the original Temple building at 12th and D was damaged by fire, the congregation moved to 20th and South Street in 1924. Since then, Congregation B'nai Jeshurun became better known as the South Street Temple. Our sanctuary features a beautiful hand-carved walnut Aron HaKodesh, the Holy Ark that holds the Torah scrolls, and the pulpit in front of it, both by the woodworker Keats W. Lorenz, who later created the mahogany doors of the State Capitol’s East Legislative Chamber.

torah next to a candle

A Vibrant Reform Community

The South Street Temple is a member of the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ). Reform Judaism calls on us to live out Jewish ethics, teachings, and traditions of Judaism in the context of a changing world, and motivated by the principle of tikkun olam.

Meet our Rabbi

Rabbi Alex Felch was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He studied at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the Conservative Seminario Rabinico Latinoamericano (Rabbinical Seminary of Latin America). Since 2020, he has served as Rabbi for both the South Street Temple and Congregation Tifereth Israel. Rabbi Felch appreciates the two congregations' respect, collaboration and sincere desire to learn together, do mitzvot together, and innovate with a creative spirit.